It’s been said that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes, we think it’s time to add another certainty to the list: great jazz from Belgian sax master Ben Sluijs. After making waves in the Belgian jazz scene in recent years with a brand new quartet, the only sensible thing to do was invite Ben and his posse of elite jazz stars (Dré Pallemaerts, Bram de Looze, & Lennart Heyndels) to Maastricht for the very first EU-Jazz Night of the season.
Lyrical and poetic, classically trained flute and sax player Ben Sluijs is at the top of his game with a rock solid track record as a player and band leader. He’s got a cozy job at the Conservatory in Antwerp, he’s worked with jazz greats like Philip Catherine and Toots Thielemans, recorded numerous celebrated records, and gathered a respectable collection of prizes. All this has established him as one of the top players in Belgium. He could even be excused for sitting back and enjoying his success. But sitting back is not Ben’s style. In fact, recently he surprised everyone when he arrived at Jazz Middelheim in 2016 accompanied by a brand new quartet, brand new sound and brand new material. Together with some of the most important players this side of the Atlantic; Dré Pallemaerts, Bram de Looze and Lennart Heyndels, Ben immediately won over fans and critics alike, sending the message loud and clear: There’s a new quartet in town, and they’re here to stay.